After leaving Ukraine’s post-Maidan governing coalition the former leader of the Orange Revolution ‘Gas Princess’ Yulia Tymoshenko has now called for early elections. What’s more she’s doing so against the wishes of the Americans:
In a national poll conducted in the week to February 17 by the Kyiv-based Gorshenin Institute, 15.8% of respondents said they would back the former prime minister and ‘gas princess’ in a hypothetical presidential election against Poroshenko, who narrowly holds the lead with 17.2%.
It’s a strong position for someone who only scraped past the 5% barrier to get seats in parliament during the October 2014 elections, and it has clearly emboldened Tymoshenko to call for what almost everyone else, Ukraine’s Western backers included, is intent on avoiding: costly new elections in a country depleted morally and financially by war and political chaos.
Americans were instrumental in preserving the ridiculously unpopular Yatsenyuk as the Prime Minister in Kiev. A negotiated change of Prime Minister was seen as a bad enough outcome for the State Department – a new election would be seen as a downright disaster.
Unfortunately for Uncle Sam Yulia Tymoshenko isn’t the kind of person to let that stand in the way of her personal ambition:
“In several weeks the international community will accept that stability will come by rebooting parliament and the government, and not via the status quo,” she said.”
She’s willing to go against the West confident that once she brings down the current government and picks up the pieces they’ll have no choice but to line up behind her after the fact.
What else can we say but ‘Go Yulia, go!’ She isn’t any better than the current bunch – in fact she sat with them in government this whole time, but if she does causes sleepless nights for Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko that’s something we can only toast to.
And if she’s can do the same for the Empire’s viceroy in Eastern Europe, Victoria “Cookies” Nuland, well that’s even better.